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  1. Matzuo Sickle Hooks are the rage on several crappie sites. Those guys love 'em. Matzuo Sickle hooks are super sharp and strong and come in RED! And they're CHEAP @ $5.95 / 100, including shipping! I buy mine from "Killer Jigs", an ebay store: 100 - #6 Matzuo 149060 Red Sickle Jig Hooks for Molds : http://www.ebay.com/itm/320656189244?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
  2. I use an Abel Vise. (Sorry unable to post pic.)
  3. Ya' could always use a "Coffee Bean" Fly... Yes there is a pattern made from a light roasted coffee bean. Only in this case you would not have to embellish or paint the bean. http://about-flyfishing.com/library/weekly/aa073102a.htm However, then you'd really be "baitfishin"...
  4. I always love these types of discussions about tying materials and what is o.k./aceptible or not. I always have the same questions to the "classic" folks, "Exactly at what date did "new" materials become heresy?" Obviously, it was after the classic tyers adopted man-made, brightly-dyed flosses and shiny French tinsel. Oh, and who gets to pick that date? Certainly it's not good 'ol boys like me... So, if French tinsel is o.k. why not Mylar? Wasn't French tinsel the "Mylar' if its day? If black and clear head cements are o.k., then why not epoxy and Tuff-Fly? If the hairs and feathers of exotic and endangered wild birds and beast are o.k. then why not modern substitutes like wig hair and craft fur? If cork bass bugs, like Peckinpaugh made a hundred years ago are acceptable, then why not foam? Just curious... Bowfin47
  5. This reminds me of the story of the group guys who went fly fishing deep into the interior of Alaska. They had each spent a fortune to get there and each had a ton of flies, but the only member of the group catching any fish, and he was slaying them, was a Baptist minister who was only using one pattern. When his buddies asked for a fly, their buddy, the minister, responded that back home his flies were free, but in the Alaska bush, they were $500 each... with the checks being made out to his church's roof repair fund... The word was that upon his return home, the church roof repair fund was several thousand dollars richer. Some twenty plus years ago, this was conveyed to me a true story...
  6. Just order one from Renzetti... The Renzettis are good folks who will treat ya' right and not charge ya' much $ for the right part.
  7. A bodkin or dubbing needle made out of an old bamboo rod is easy to make. A local tyer/bamboo rod maker gave me set of tools with the handles make out of an old bamboo rod. These rods often have missing or broken sections. Therefore, they have little or no value and are easy to come by.
  8. Rick is right! As coots don't have a "webbed foot", they are not considered to be in the same category ad "Ducks (Geese) and Swans" but rather they fall in the same category as American Woodcock, morning dove and other migratory game birds that have restrictions upon the marketing of their feathers.
  9. The 22nd(?) annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous at North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle, LA, begins Friday around 3PM, November 4th and continues through Sunday morning the 6th. What is the North Toledo Bend Rendezvous? Well, over 20 years ago, a group of fly fishers from Louisiana and Texas were fishing and "conclaving" together in early October at the FFF Southern Council Conclave in Mt. Home, Arkansas. While there, we realized that it was ridiculous for such good friends to only gather once a year in northern Arkansas, when we all lived "relatively close" to each other in Louisiana and Texas. So, we agreed to meet at a "central point" several weeks later. The site agreed to was the North Toledo Bend State Park outside of Zwolle, Louisiana. Early that November, we met on the shores of Toledo Bend Reservoir. Some of us rented cabins, some camped, and several brought travel trailers. There were several wives and even a girlfriend or two in tow. We tied flies, cast rods, played in boats, and even caught a few fish. Yeah, we had a great time!! We had such a good time that we decided to make it an annual affair. While "exploring", we found a Group Facility with a lodge and commercial kitchen, 5 bunkhouses, and a central bath/shower facility that could be rented at a very reasonable cost. So, we made reservations for that facility for that next fall and every fall ever since! We decided to call this annual event the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous" or just "Rendezvous", and tyers from Federation clubs from throughout the mid-South (TX, LA, OK, AR, MO, MS, and TN) have been attending this top fly tying events in the mid-South for all these years. If you like to tie, or just think that you'd like to learn to tie, this is the one of the very best opportunities that you'll ever get to improve your skills. While North Toledo Bend Rendezvous has always been a low key event with a very heavy emphasis on "hands on" teaching and learning fly tying, other than gathering for food, there are no scheduled events, no fund raising, and no awards, i.e. no pressure. We don't do "demo" tying; instead, we “tie with friends”. We share many of our favorite patterns and collaborate on and work out new ones. You see, at Rendezvous, you don't just watch others tie, instead you "tie with" which ever tyer that you'd like to sit and tie with. Beginner or experienced, it doesn't matter, just sit down and tie. If you'd like to see your tying to improve, Rendezvous is one of the very best venues in the country! Actually, over time, a very high percentage of the regular attendees have become invited tyers at FFF Conclaves across the country. Rendezvous was the first official event for the FFF's Gulf Coast Council, and all GCC members are invited to attend, as are members of any of the other FFF clubs. Heck, if you like to tie, come on. You don't even have to be a Federation member or member of a Federation club to attend. Just come and do what YOU want to do. You can: tie as much or as little as you'd like; launch your yak/canoe/bass boat and fish when you want (no launch fees!); join in with the casters, playing with log rods or giving casting lessons on the lawn; stroll through the pines of this beautiful park on the shores of Toledo Bend; or just sit on the porch and maybe light-up a stoggie or enjoy an adult beverage, while joining in the "discussions" on the large front porch or listening to some of the musicians whose instruments just seem to appear. It's up to you. If you’ve n ever attended a SEC, SOC or GCC Conclave/EXPO, then I'm sure that you'll recognize some of us. Even if you've never been to a club meeting, EXPO or Conclave, don't worry, as every year we have a few "new comers", and history shows that they usually have such a good time, that they to usually become "regulars". Oh, and this is a family oriented even. So, bring the spouse and kids. There are always a number of "kids" and non-tying spouses who attend and have a ball. This has been an annual family event for my family. As usual, I plan on being there with at least one my kids in tow. Actually, my sons, Liam (12) and Ian (20) are planning on going to Rendezvous this year. This is a not-for-profit event, where were try to charge just enough to “break even”, plus a covered dish. We each bring a covered dish or two to share with the group. Don't worry, there's always plenty of food at Rendezvous! The family fee is $50 for the weekend or $25 for a day/night, while the single's fee is $40 for the weekend or $20 for the day/night. This includes all your food and lodging from Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. What a bargain! A number of years ago, Walter McClendon and the Piney Woods Fly Fishers agreed to head up this gathering (and Walter's always done a great job!), and they maintain a website which includes much more information on Rendezvous, along with a map can be viewed at: http://pages.suddenlink.net/w/Rendez/indexR.html If you have any questions about Rendezvous or think that you'd like to attend, please feel free to contact Walter at: [email protected] , or contact me at the email address listed below. Oh, and reservations are not necessary! Just show up! You'll be happy that ya' did! Hope to see ya' there! Tight lines, Kyle M. PS FYI - the main park gate closes at 10pm and requires a combination code to open so be sure to have someone to contact to give you that combination should you be late. The park no longer gives out the number in advance but it will be posted in the dining hall.
  10. Blane, Th Richard and Diane are amongst the long list of great tyers, who will be tying at the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous" on Nov. 4-6th, http://pages.suddenlink.net/w/Rendez/indexR.html This event was started well over 20 years ago by a group of tyers from Texas and Louisiana who wanted to just get together and tie... Just a lodge full of tyers sharing and having a great time.. nothing commercial, no programs, and no time schedules... other than eating - yeah, the event is famous for the food! There is a reason that we've done this for so long... Oh, and ya' don't have to be a great tyer to attend. Heck, every year we have folks who have never tyed attend... Any tyer or "want-to-be-tyer" is invited. I'll post an announcement on Rendezvous with all the details. Hope you, and some of the others reading this, can join us. Contact me if you have any questions about "Rendezvous". Kyle M. [email protected] PS Bring the family, as Rendezvous has always been a family event!
  11. Use schlappen where-ever you think that neck or saddle hackle is too stiff, but marabou would be too soft. If ya' think about schlappen in those terms, you'll find that your "mistake" was one of the most advantageous purchases that ya' ever made! Bowfin47
  12. Check with Penobscot Fly Fishers in Brewer, Maine website: www.penobscotflyfishers.com email: [email protected] Another option would be to start your own Federation of Fly Fishers club. I know... I did back in '84 and that club is still going strong! You can contact the FFF at: Federation of Fly Fishers USPS Mailing Address FedEx and UPS Packages: 5237 US Hwy 89 South, Suite 11 Livingston, MT 59047 Phone: 406-222-9369 Fax: 406-222-5823 http://www.fedflyfishers.org/ Good luck! Tight lines, Bowfin47
  13. Ray, I tyed for two mornings and got by to speak for just a minute with John. We were supposed to get back together... it just didn't happen, as every time I came by he was busy or I was runnin'. Sorry, I missed being able to sit and talk with ya' there, but I had folks in front of me for the entire time that I was tying. However, I do see that ya' got my photo. In case anybody cares, that me wearing a blue shirt in the photo just above "Bill Huegel tying again!!" Will you be coming to the North Toledo Bend Rendezvous? I hope so. Kyle
  14. Hey Kirk, How does it feel to be called "old"? Just remember that your younger than me! Ha! Kyle
  15. I've been using Woodies Rattler Inserts, a plastic rattle for 12 or 15 years: http://www.woodiesrattlers.com/html/rattle_inserts.html Woodie's Rattler Inserts don't break; are tapered and therefore allow ya' to make a better looking fly; don't slip like glass rattles and are easier to tye with; can be trimmed, if necessary; bond well with epoxy; are very light weight; and have well proven record of catching fish! I've always been amazed that this product has not become a standard part of every warm and saltwater tyer's tying kit! You can often get 'em at Wally World. I love 'em! Bowfin47 PS While I don't have any financial connection to Woodies, other than loving their products, I must admit that the owner, Larry G. is a great guy!
  16. Too cool! Thanks for the photos!
  17. With that name and an interest in balsa bugs, ya' gotta' see the bugs tyed by the master of balsa, innovator of foil poppers and knurled foil poppers, and the king of the pencil poppers, Mr. Walt Holman! Here is a link to one of his: http://montana-riverboats.com/?fpage=Fly-Tying/Walt-Holman You may also wish to read these posting: http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=56554 Walt is a fabulous tyer and great gentleman. One of the very best! I think that you'd learn a lot about hooks and balsa carving from Walt... but with that said, you're doing great work already! Bowfin47
  18. Attend some Federation of Fly Fishers Conclaves, EXPOs, Rendezvous and/or FFF clubs. You will learn so many patterns and tying techniques that you will be astounded. Plus you'll have ball!
  19. You got it! Take it from one with 40 FFF Conclave and EXPO pins, it is an obsession! But a glorious one! Actually, the best advice that I can give you is to only buy those materials that you know that you're gunna' need... and not in 10 colors! I still have colors of materials that I purchased with a use in mind for say one or two colors of the ten colors. Now over 30 years later, I have never used the other eight, but reordered those same two colors repeatedly!
  20. In nw Florida , you'll not come across a lot of useful materials from roadkills, and the little that you do find can be problematic... i.e. raccoons can carry rabies... Besides, you won't tie a lot of "coon flies". And cutting hair without the skin, will "lead ya' directly into heartaches" I agree with virtually everything stated above, but I would add that if you'd like to save a little, then split your orders with a friend. That's what I did when I started out. Also join a Federation of Fly Fishers club... there are several in nw florida... good clubs with great tyers who can /will give ya' wonderful advice. http://www.fff-florida.org/ However, in the end if ya' go "cheap" on everything, I'll bet that you won't last as a tyer, because your enjoyment of tying will always be affected by waiting to purchase specific materials at a "better deal", not being willing to use your "good" materials, settling for crap tools or cheap substitute hooks, or other "frugal" ways to save. I'm not saying that tying has to cost a fortune, but I would advise ya' to remember that even when tied with first class materials and good quality hooks, your flies will still cost only fraction of what they would have if purchased. Heck you may wish to specialize at first.. I'd advise ya' to master "Wig Hair" Flies. A lot of folks in Florida hare having great success with them and the materials are CHEAP! I'd start with this: http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/6421819/all/Wig_Hair Here is a copy of great posting on a beginner tying kit for salt water: http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=168850 A basic, no waste fly tying kit. Includes three classic saltwater patterns, and countless variations of shrimp and baitfish patterns. Will cover most situations, from the marsh, to the bays, to the surf, and the jetties. And it will fill your fly box a couple of times over, for about $65.00. white bucktail ($5.00) chartreuse bucktail ($5.00) pink bucktail ($5.00) white calves tail (kiptail) ($3.00) pink calves tail (kiptail) ($3.00) white saddle hackle ($4.00) pearl crystal flash ($4.50) silver lead eyes medium ($5.00) silver bead chain eyes medium ($2.50) Mustad 34007 stainless hooks size 4 ($7.00) Mustad 34011 stainless hooks size 2 ($11.00) white thread ($2.00) pink thread ($2.00) head cement ($6.00) Crazy Charlies: size 4 - white (lead eyes, bead eyes, no eyes) - pink (lead eyes, bead eyes, no eyes) - tan (lead eyes, bead eyes, no eyes) Lefty's Deceiver: size 2 - white - chartreuse over white Clouser Minnows: size 2 - white - chartreuse over white - pink over white - pink In nw Florida, you'll never need high quality, dry fly necks/saddles, and most likely, you'll never venture in to the world of salmon fly tying. So buy what you need and remember what Bill Dale sez, "Have fun with this stuff." Bowfin47
  21. Nice simple little pattern (and I like nice simple patterns), but with the eyes on top of the shank and the air-filled rattle below the shank, I wonder how this pattern rides in the water? My almost twenty years of experience with balancing flies with rattles makes me believe that, unless this is a very heavy hook, as currently tyed with the primary weight - the eyes, above the shank and a neutral to slightly-buoyant air-filled rattle below the shank), this pattern would most likely ride "hook-up", or at best ride "sideways", in the water column. If that is the case and your goal is a "hook-up" retrieve, then you would be better off placing the rattle above the shank with the eyes and the lighter-weight wing material below the shank, thus giving a correct profile for a "hook-up pattern". This would also allow you take complete advantage of the gap of this hook, as the gap would no longer be compromised by the rattle. If, as it currently looks, your goal is a "hook-down pattern", then placing the eyes below the shank with the rattle and leaving the wing material above the shank should result in a more consistent, "hook-down" retrieve. Bowfin47
  22. If you're interested in thoughtful, knowledgeable discussions on full sinking lines and shooting heads/running lines, go to Dan Blanton's Bulletin Board and peruse the achieves. There you will find many great discussions on these. http://www.danblanton.com/bulletin.php
  23. I was fortune enough to attend the AFFTA and see examples of "helmeted" sculpens and to obtain a few. They are really neat. You're all gunna' want some of these!
  24. I have been demonstration tying at FFF clubs, conclaves, rendezvous, and EXPOs for 25 years and given thousands of my flies (usually my original patterns) to folks at these events. Like so many other tyers, I have a number of my original patterns that have been "claimed" and even published by others. I guess that the lure of "tying fame" is very strong for some folks... So, please remember that a hell-of-a-lot of folks take a "known" pattern and make a very minor change and then "claim" this "new" pattern as their own. At other times, no changes, other than the "originator" are made. (The Fly Pattern Database of this web site is full of such examples.) Sometimes, these tyers even honestly "forget" where "their original" pattern came from. As an example, a few years ago, I had a national publication picture a number of my original patterns, including one that I titled in it's name as "The Original" pattern. In response to that publication, I had a guide/tyer from Florida email and ask why is this pattern was "my" original, since this guide and others had developed this pattern some ten years previously? I then called and spoke with this person and asked, "In the four years prior to their "origination" of the pattern, did any of this group attend any of the FFF South Eastern Conclaves?" I was told that this person and others in that group had been at all of those shows. I then explained that I had handed out dozens of "my" pattern at each of these shows... There was a pause and then response was, "Well I guess that's were we learned it." I am not meaning to show any disrespect, but can you honesty say that in a mere three years of tying, have you "hung-out" with large numbers of "experienced" tyers at fly fairs, conclaves, EXPO's, tying rendezvous, or other tyer gatherings in order to learn hundreds of "their original patterns"? Have you developed personal ties with numbers of experienced tyers whom you trust will advise you on the true origin of the patterns submitted? Do you really have the experience and knowledge of patterns to negotiate such a mine field? If you are going to publish patterns, but please be very sure that you have completely vetted the true origin of those patterns and that you are not going to alienate those tyers who actually designed/originated a particular pattern. We tyers are like elephants, in that we never forget... I would just ask that you proceed very cautiously... Tight lines, Kyle M.
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